Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 05/06/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 3 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 05/06/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 3 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 05/07/2016
    • 06/18/2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Adults only.

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This two day training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues and routes for our trips. Volunteers need to be able to attend both training days. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and participate in both days of the training.

    Naturalists in charge: Gene Groshon and Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday April 28. 

     

    • 05/08/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    Ages 9 and older 

    Bring mom for a relaxing tour of Kings Landing Park by water. We will look for flowers, birds and other wildlife as we tour the marshes. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, May 4

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers.

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Paddles and life jackets provided or bring your own

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    WE HAVE ROOM FOR ONE MORE. 

    • 05/11/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Walk, jump and fly like the animals during this fun and interactive program. We'll meet our special puppet friends and learn how their movements make them special. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Monday, May 9

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 05/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Walk, jump and fly like the animals during this fun and interactive program. We'll meet our special puppet friends and learn how their movements make them special. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Monday, May 9

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 05/13/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    Children must be at least 10 years old. If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Help us remove an old deteriorated boardwalk and prepare the site for a new one!

    We are seeking volunteers with basic carpentry skills--the ability to measure, saw, hammer--for rebuilding the boardwalk. We'll need people who can help with the heavy lifting of hauling old wood out and new wood in.

    Thanks to grants from the Dominion Foundation, we’ll be repairing boardwalks at Flag Ponds. We’ll provide the tools and supplies needed, although any basic carpentry tools you are willing to bring will be helpful.

    Ages 10-adult, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 05/13/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve, Lusby
    • 0

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    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. Some species of plants and animals found here are more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland. Hemlocks are just one of a number of interesting plants. One inland wetland includes pawpaw, sassafras, sweet bay magnolia, and winterberry in a braiding streambed.

    Be prepared for some difficult terrain, with some up and down and not all on trails; steep in places and wet in others.

    For more information on the Preserve: http://www.covepoint-trust.org/

    Suggestions: Wear long pants and sleeves, good hiking shoes/boots, some areas may be muddy. Bring water bottle, snacks and/or lunch. Optional: Field guides, 10x hand lens, binoculars.

    Leaders: Karyn Molines & Bob Boxwell

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve

    Free. Registration is required: 


    • 05/13/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    If you are unable to attend one of the prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/13/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/14/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 19

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Learn about our spring migrating birds, then join us for a hike to look and listen for them in the forest, wetlands and along the beach. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 05/14/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Children must be at least 10 years old. If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Help us replace the deteriorated boardwalks.

    We are seeking volunteers with basic carpentry skills--the ability to measure, saw, hammer--for rebuilding the boardwalk. We'll need people who can help with the heavy lifting of hauling old wood out and new wood in.

    Thanks to grants from the Dominion Foundation, we’ll be repairing boardwalks at Flag Ponds. We’ll provide the tools and supplies needed, although any basic carpentry tools you are willing to bring will be helpful.

    Ages 10-adult, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 05/16/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We will take an up close look at crabs and learn how they move around and live in the bay. Be prepared to go in the water as we gather up crabs to study.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 12

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 05/19/2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Jefferson Patterson Park
    • 22
    Adults

    Learn about our Barn Owl Project and join a monitoring team for the semi-annual nest box checking.  

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown

    Location: Jefferson Patterson Park

    Reservations are required by May 18, 2016. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/20/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 18. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/21/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 29
    Adults

    Learn about our Barn Owl Project and join a monitoring team for the semi-annual nest box checking.  

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown

    Location: Ward Farm Park

    Reservations are required by May 20, 2016. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/25/2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Join a naturalist and other park volunteers for this fun supplemental training opportunity.  Many of us spend a lot of time at the Flag Ponds beach but don’t have time to identify what we find there – now’s the chance!

    Ages 18 and older 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register by May 23  

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.


     

    • 05/26/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 8

    Ages 12-16 years   

        
    This month’s class will focus on invasive plants – how to identify them and when/why to remove them.   Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler?  This class is for you.  Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.  

    Please register by May 24 

    Location Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    $20 for Society members. Nonmembers pay $30 per family per program. Fee is per child.

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 05/28/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


    Program Fee:
    free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 25
     

    • 06/01/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

     

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    • 06/01/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required  

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/03/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 06/03/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 06/04/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For All ages

    Take a foraging walk with us! Learn about common backyard plants that are edible, and taste a few along the way.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/07/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/07/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/08/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    If you are unable to attend one of the prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 7. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/09/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4

    Ages 12-16 years    

    This month’s class will focus on the use of kayaks, the Patuxent River, and the animals and plants that live there.  Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler?  This class is for you.  Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.  

    Please register by June 7

    Location Kings Landing Park


    $20 for Society members. Nonmembers pay $30 per family per program. Fee is per child. 
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 06/11/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Jefferson Patterson Park, St Leonard
    • 2

    During the War of 1812, the largest naval engagement in the history of Maryland took place at the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, just off shore of what is now Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Come take a tour of the waterfront from the perspective of the sailors in battle over 200 years ago.

    Participants must be at least 9 years of age to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    LocationJefferson Patterson Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon and Julie Hall

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Thursday, June 2

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers.

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 06/14/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 9. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/16/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/16/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/27/2016
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 06/27/2016
    • 07/01/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    Children entering grades 3-5

    Monday-Wednesday, June 27 - 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 1, 9:00 a.m.

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

     

    • 06/27/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 3

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 3

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Tuesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 5

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Tuesday, bugs on Wednesday, birds on Thursday, and fish on Friday.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues)

    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Thurs, & Fri)

    • 07/07/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 20

    Children must be at least 6 years old; under 16 years with an adult

    Join our latest Calvert Stewards volunteer activity. We’ll work on adding borders to the meadow maze, removing saplings, and other projects needed within the meadow maze.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Register online, by phone 410-535-5327, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

     

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/14/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 14

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 14, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location:
    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/15/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!


    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, and food for Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted shortly:

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, wading in wetlands and exploring the forest to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Sons of the Forest to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $
    180


     


    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    We will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us sloshing in the swamp and hiking through the forest We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Nature Girls to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    Monday, July 25, Tuesday, July 26, Wednesday, July 27 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. (no camp after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29)

    Each day of this camp will bring campers up-close and personal with the Patuxent River and the creeks that surround Calvert County. Campers will learn paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues - as well as learning firsthand about water quality and the natural history of the river. We’ll end the week with a day-long paddle adventure and an overnight camp out.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalists in Charge: Tania Gale & Lindsay Hollister  

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $210 per camper
    Nonmembers: $240 per camper


    Tentative Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday– meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
    Wednesday – Jefferson Patterson Park (in front of MAC lab)
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather

     

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/04/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • varies, see description
    • 8

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Monday, August 1 -Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Parkabout Calvert County’s wild things.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150 per camper
      Nonmembers: $180 per camper
      
     
    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    Entering Grades 8-10

    Monday, August 1- Thursday August 4; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 5 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


    The Maryland Biodiversity Project was created to help catalog all of the living things in Maryland. As citizen scientists we will search different habitats to document what plants and animals we find. Be prepared to venture through creeks, look under logs and hike through forests as we go on our safari. We will even visit some parks outside of Calvert County.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
      Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
      Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
      Wednesday-Friday: Kings Landing Park

    *Thursday and Friday we will be traveling to other parks but pick up and drop off will be at Kings Landing Park
       

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
      Nonmembers: $180

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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